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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe

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  • $13,625 original MSRP
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2005 Chevy Cobalt

The only burden here is history.

by Eric Peters

Chevy finally has a compact car it can be proud of, one that can go bumper-to-bumper against the best small cars from Japan.

But will buyers give Chevy's thoroughly excellent little Cobalt a chance? Decades of mediocre Cavaliers, so-so Citations, and just plain awful Chevettes have made Toyota  , Honda, and other import brands the default choice when many buyers go shopping.

Luring them back to the Bowtie may be as big a challenge as it was finally getting the Cobalt - which replaces the Cavalier in Chevy's product lineup - put together in the first place

Hard to fault

The car itself is hard to fault on any level. Fit, finish and the overall sense of build quality and attention to detail are comparable to class leaders like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Though inexpensive, with a base price of $13,625 for the standard trim level sedan or hatchback coupe, it's neither cheap-feeling nor sparsely equipped. All models come with air conditioning and a cabin filtration system (still an expensive option on the Honda Civic) and the Cobalt's standard 2.2-liter, 145-hp Ecotec four-cylinder engine is larger and more powerful by a significant margin than the Civic's 1.7-liter, 115-hp engine or the Toyota Corolla's 1.8 liter, 130-hp engine.

The Cobalt starts out with price advantage, too. It's about $1000 less than a Civic "Value Package" equipped with air conditioning, and about $150 bucks less than a base Corolla CE with A/C and manual transmission ($13,780). Plus, since Chevy is more strongly motivated to "deal" on its cars than Toyota  , the actual out the door price difference between a Corolla and Cobalt is probably going to be significantly more, in favor of the Cobalt.

Fun shock

Driving the Cobalt was surprisingly fun. The extra 15-30 horsepower offered by the 2.2-liter, DOHC Ecotec four made all the difference on the divided two-lane roads I frequently drive, where having the reserves to make a fast pass around a dawdling "Farm Use Only" vehicle doing 40 in a 55 zone is almost as necessary as air conditioning in Phoenix. The car pulls well even at 70 or 80 mph, the range where 110-120-hp economy cars are beginning to feel obviously winded.

The engine doesn't vibrate or buzz, either, And the exhaust system tunes out any unpleasant tinny resonances, both at idle and under load.

I didn't get to drive a Cobalt with the optional four-speed automatic transmission, but with the standard five-speed manual, it was an enjoyable experience that never made me feel like the low man on the economic totem pole.

In addition to its "on paper" horsepower advantage, the Cobalt also benefits from an unusual high-tech feature at this price point: electric-assist (instead of engine-driven) power steering, which means less parasitic draw and more real-world horsepower. The speed-sensitive steering system provides light effort at low speeds, making manuevering the car easier with increasing effort for better road feel on the highway. It also improves the Cobalt's fuel economy potential.

Despite its fairly large (by the standards of this class), high-output engine, the Cobalt is rated by the EPA at 25 city/34 highway - and you can dog the thing pretty hard (as I did) and still put a lot of miles behind you before requiring a pit stop for fuel.

Standard stuff

Other niceties include the standard 15-inch aluminum wheels (not steelies with cheap plastic trim covers) and 60-Series Continental all-season tires - enhancements that help give the car a composed, comfortable ride and improve the already very competent handling and driving dynamics of this car.

The cabin on my mid-level LS tester (base price $15,920) did not feel like steerage compared to either a Civic or Corolla or any other import competitor. Far from it, in fact. The dash layout was especially nice, with semi-oval gauges set back in the pod and trimmed with chrome, very comfortable and supportive cloth seats and thoughtful detail touches such as an outside temperature monitor, chrome door pulls (instead of Tonka toy plastic ones), and easy-entry rear doors on the sedan that are cut surprisingly deep into the back quarters. This design makes it easier to jam boxes and other oversized stuff into the back seat area, in addition to giving passengers more entry/egress space.

You can get XM radio, OnStar, even leather seats if you want that (on the top-of-the-line LT model, MSRP $18,195). But the Cobalt's as-it-sits package at $13,625 is both attractive and extremely competitive with anything else currently available in its price range. 
If you're at all generous-minded, give the Cobalt a look. This car has a lot to offer and might just rehabilitate your feelings about Chevrolet  and General Motors.


2005 Chevy Cobalt sedan
Base price: $13,625; price as tested: $18,195
Engine: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 145 hp/150 lb-ft
Transmission: Five speed manual, front-wheel drive
Length x width x height: 180.3 x 67.9 x 57.1 in
Wheelbase: 103.3 in
Curb weight: 2868 lb
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): 25/34 mpg (manual transmission)
Safety equipment: Dual front airbags, ABS, dusk-sensing headlamps (side-impact and side curtain airbags opt.)
Major standard features: Air conditioning, electric-assist power steering, tilt wheel, AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles


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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Opt
Passenger Air Bag Opt
Side Head Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-Year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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